#OTD in 2015 – Irish voters make history in gay marriage referendum, becoming the first country to ask it’s electorate to legalise gay marriage.

Irish voters decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. The no campaigners paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland. Advertisements

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#OTD in 1917 – The Representation of the People Bill, which passed its first reading to the House of Commons will allow women in Ireland/UK to vote in general elections for the first time.

While the legislation only proposes extending the franchise to women 30 years or over, this corresponds to an additional six million voters on the register. The bill also removes existing complications for men’s franchise, makes provision for those serving at the front and introduces a limited form of proportional representation. That it will pass unchanged […]

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#OTD in 1917 – Irish suffrage campaigners expressed their delight – and surprise – at the electoral reform that passed through parliament in London with an enormous majority.

Conservatives, Liberals and Labour all say: “Don’t forget, dear lady, when the time comes, that it was I who gave you the apple”. Mary Hayden, UCD professor and founder of the Irish Catholic Women’s Suffrage Association, has said she is delighted that so many Nationalists had voted for suffrage reform, given that some of them […]

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#OTD in 2015 – Irish voters make history in gay marriage referendum, becoming the first country to ask it’s electorate to legalise gay marriage.

Irish voters decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. The no campaigners paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland.

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#OTD in 1917 – The Representation of the People Bill, which passed its first reading to the House of Commons will allow women in Ireland/UK to vote in general elections for the first time.

While the legislation only proposes extending the franchise to women 30 years or over, this corresponds to an additional six million voters on the register. The bill also removes existing complications for men’s franchise, makes provision for those serving at the front and introduces a limited form of proportional representation. That it will pass unchanged […]

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#OTD in 2015 – Irish voters make history in gay marriage referendum, becoming the first country to ask it’s electorate to legalise gay marriage.

Irish voters decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. The no campaigners paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland.

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2015 – Irish voters make history in gay marriage referendum, becoming the first country to ask it’s electorate to legalise gay marriage.

Irish voters decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. The no campaigners paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland.

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1922 – Dáil Éireann votes 64 to 57 to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty, creating the Irish Free State, setting the scene for the Irish Civil War.

Possibly the saddest day in Irish history when a vote on the Treaty unfortunately set the scene for the Irish Civil War. Thirty-two days after Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith sign the treaty in London granting Ireland legislative and financial independence for the first time since 1800, the divided Dáil votes on the Treaty: sixty-four […]

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